Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Crochet Terms Used On Purfylle

crochet hooks and terms
I've been on a bit of a crochet binge lately helped along by the unseasonal mild weather. With all this crochet activity to share with you I had best explain which crochet terms are used on Purfylle and why. I cover a little bit of history but you can jump to the end if you just want the answer straight up.

My Nanna taught me a few basic crochet stitches when I was in primary school, I made a simple bookmark and that was it. I was in my 30's before I touched a crochet hook again and found I had to learn everything over.

I used The Encyclopaedia of Needlework to teach myself how to crochet.

I made a scarf and started work on a baby blanket, I learnt how to do a few different stitches and tried my hand at Tunisian Crochet. I didn't get either project finished and I got distracted by a knitting project.

A few more years passed and in 2012 I picked my hook back up. Everything I had made up until then had been straight out of my book. My first real afghan attempt was terrible, the corner joins were a mess and I really didn't understand the difference between a chain stitch and single crochet. I gave that blanket to my nephew but I doubt he still has it.

When I started my blog I didn't even have a fixed broadband internet connection and was just using my mobile phone connection with it's 3MB of data per month. When we got a fixed connection six months later I revelled in having enough data to be able to use You Tube for the first time in my life.

I hunted out lots of tutorials and how to's and I followed right along with them. I got confused about crochet stitch terminology not realising that the US uses different terminology to the UK. I thought my book was just old fashioned (being first published in 1884) and that terms had changed over time.

I made a whole lot of crochet motifs from You Tube tutorials which really helped me to understand crochet. I made some crochet snoods, hair nets, a beanie and had a go at making up a pattern for a Victorian cap.

I had a go at writing my first granny square crochet tutorial.

It wasn't until after all those projects that I stumbled across a site that referenced which crochet terminology they used and I realised that UK and US use different terminology.

I'm Australian and Australians historically use UK crochet terminology, the same terminology that can be found in the Encyclopedia of Needlework.

But what had happened over the time I was learning how to improve my crochet was that I had started to use US terminology without my even realising it.

I shall continue to use US terminology as I think in US crochet terms now. I shall endeavour to go back and ensure each of my old posts use US terms but if you're ever unsure just ask, or if you see I've used UK terms please let me know and I will make it a priority to make corrections.

When did you learn to crochet?


  1. I love crocheting! Alas, there is no time for it now. I learned to crochet from my grandma before I started in school, I made a red headband, which I used when I pretended I was and Indian hiding in the forest.

    1. I'm not surprised you don't have time when you're so busy with weaving those stunning fabrics!

  2. I learned how when I was 11, I think. I don't have much patience, so I never did much beyond a wash rag. I never could read the pattern books!

    1. I still struggle with reading patterns, I'd rather write a pattern the read one. I prefer video and photo tutorials - all that text just boggles my brain.


Post a comment